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I've been given a HP Pavillion zv5000 laptop without an operating system. I've been trying to format it with an old Windows 98 back up disk, but it keeps getting stuck at 7%. I think there's stuff still on it. Is there a way to clear everything to reformat the hard drive without taking it to a computer repair shop? When it gets formatted, is it worth putting Windows on it? I've heard that Linux is good for older computers.

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You cal also format it with bootable windows 98 or xp disk. For that first insert that disk into cd/dvd rom then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del or ALt+f2 to enter in bios then go to boot menu and set first boot device as cd rom then save settings. Then it boot with disk with win98 disk in prompt locate the drive then win98 folder. Then format the all drive then run setup. Below are command. If your cd rom letter is F then F:/win98 then run format c:/s then it will format c drive. then run setup.exe command for install win98. Then you can install it and use it. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

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